A delightful entry in the Jane Powell cannon, "A Date with Judy" is a sunny, happy movie with fun songs, bright technicolor photography, and an impossibly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor in her pre-screechy days.
Based on a popular radio show, "A Date with Judy" stars our Jane as a spunky teen growing up in Southern California. Her boyfriend (sort of) directs the school band, his name is Oogie, and he's completely devoted to her. So of course when handsome Steven (a young Robert Stack) comes to town she ditches Oogie and chases after Steven with reckless abandon. But Steven has his eye on Oogie's older sister, Carol. "You're the most beautiful girl in Santa Barbara, and you know it," he tells her, and because she's played by Elizabeth Taylor it's hard to argue. There's also the always welcome Carmen Miranda, teaching Judy's father to rumba, and a host of familiar character actors to join in the fun.
I would put "A Date with Judy" up there with the best of Jane Powell, just below "Two Weeks with Love". If you're a fan of Jane and her voice you will love this. Elizabeth Taylor fans will also be intrigued, and of course anyone who loves MGM musicals will be in heaven. Recommended.
(And if you can't quite place the actor playing Oogie, try picturing him with a big oversized sweater. It's Scotty Beckett from The Little Rascals.)
on February 25, 2003
Get ready for laughter, romance, wonderful musical numbers, and an overall UPBEAT, FEEL GREAT time!!! Among the main stars in this fun color musical are Jane Powell, Scotty Beckett, Liz Taylor (just sixteen yrs. old ), Robert Stack, Carmen Miranda, and Xavier Cougat. The story is set in Santa Barbara, CA where sixteen yr. old Judy Foster (Powell), a vivacious teenager, finds herself in all kinds of chaos due to misunderstandings and family mixups. Lots of fun song and dance numbers by the charming Carmen Miranda. Powell sings gorgeous renditions of "Judaline" and "It's a Most Unusual Day." I LOVE THIS MOVIE and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
on October 24, 2000
A cluster of MGM stars are showcased in this song-filled comedy that keeps you chuckling from beginning to end. Jane Powell is Judy Foster, who sings weekly on a local radio show sponsored by next door neighbor Elizabeth Taylor's father. Liz's younger brother, Oogie, is the leader of the band for the show and is also in charge of the music for the big school dance which everyone is preparing for. He also has a crush on Judy. But Judy and Liz both have a crush on local soda fountain adonis, Robert Stack. Guess who wins?
In the meantime, Judy's learns that her father, Wallace Beery, is seeing Brazilian bomshell, Carmen Miranda, on the sly. Not realizing that he is taking dancing lessons to surprise his wife, Judy manages to frustrate relationships in several different directions.
The whimsical plot is laced with several dazzling musical numbers. Jane sings the up-beat "It's A Most Unusual Day", the radio show's theme song "Judaline", a mad-cap duet with Oogie "I'm A Little On The Corney Side" and the spirited "Love Is Where You Find It." Carmen Miranda dazzles with "Cuanta La Gusta" and Xaviar Cugat and his orchestra wrap it all together with their beautiful Latin rhythms.
So, curl up in a comfortable chair and enjoy A Date With Judy.
on March 27, 2008
A Date With Judy 1948 stars teenagers Jane Powell and Elizabeth Taylor who experience all the pains of growing up in a time of innocence. The story line has some very interesting similarities to Doris Day's By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (1953). Grumpy Wallace Beery plays Jane's father (how is that possible with his mug?) who becomes innocently involved with Carmen Miranda, who stirs things up a bit in the music and laughs department. Also appearing are Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra, a young Robert Stack and Scotty Beckett. Add some great songs and breathtaking color by Technicolor, and you have a totally enjoyable musical comedy for the entire family.
on September 12, 2003
I always loved this movie. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get a copy of the VHS when it came out in 1989. I love this movie.
Here is a brief Description
Judy (Jane Powell) is a little teenager from the 40's who just thinks about boys and being a social little darling. Well that is until she meets big High School Boy. Even though she is in Junior High she dumps the boy who really loves her and goes out with him. Well unlucky for her the boy who loves her sister is the rude and spolied (Elizabeth Taylor) well at the end Jane and her realy boyfried get back together.
Great Movie. It's a shame they don't make'em like this anymore.
on March 15, 2015
A Date With Judy was one of those classic musicals that MGM was turning out seemingly effortlessly in the 40's and early 50's. In this case it was a smaller musical aimed at a young audience and not one of their mega-productions like Meet Me In St. Louis. Still, with all the skill and talent available at MGM they made a musical that was a notch above the usual.
Based on a radio show that had been popular since the early 40's, this starred Jane Powell, a young singer who was getting very big in films and recordings and who would soon be so popular with high school girls that she would even have a "Dear Jane " advice column aimed at them. The role of Judy Foster was simply made for her. The rest of the cast is full of surprises with enough disparate elements that it's a wonder it all held together.
For one thing, musicals aimed at the youth audience were usually swing musicals and needed a big band. This was especially true because Jane Powell had an operetta voice and often recorded the repertoire of Jeanette MacDonald, and was no swing singer by any means. So they brought in Xavier Cugat and his orchestra, as Latin rhythms were becoming increasingly popular by the late 40's. They went even further and brought in Carmen Miranda, who did not play herself (which would have been usual), but proved herself to be sweet and funny in the role of Rosita, the local dance teacher, and had her biggest hit with Cuando La Gusta.
Scotty Beckett, who had been in juvenile roles in MGM films as long as anybody could remember plays her bemused and confused boyfriend Ogden "Oogie" Pringle convincingly. Then there's his sister and Judy's best friend Carol, who is played by Elizabeth Taylor, whose presence is responsible for more interest in this little film than it would ordinarily have. MGM had noticed that she was maturing early into a very beautiful woman, and seemed to want the world to notice this too. This role and her role in Father of the Bride would be breakout roles for her in this respect. As Carol, she looks absolutely amazing and steals the spotlight in almost every scene she's in. However, MGM put so much makeup on her and dressed her in such fashionable clothes that she seems to be from some other movie altogether and not this little high school comedy. At best you'd think she was someone's college age sister.
Then there's Robert Stack. I've never figured out just what he's doing here as the love interest of both Judy and Carol, as he's more than ten years older than them. He plays the nephew of the owner of the local soda fountain who agrees to take Judy to the big dance as a favor to his uncle. Even then he resists taking "a kid" to a dance. Later, he seems to be falling for Carol, and has to tell her that maybe he'll see her "in a few years". All this seems rather awkward when all the studio had to do was use a younger actor. I imagine the studio was out to promote Stack and that's why he got the role.
The rest of the cast is a great bunch of old hands like Wallace Beery,Leon Ames, George Cleveland and Selena Royale. The hit song is It's a Most Unusual Day. Everyone works well together in this one, and it was a huge hit in its day and definitely worth checking out.
on December 24, 2006
In "A Date with Judy," Liz is fully the poor little rich girl, snobbish and out for trouble because her father's real attention is elsewhere, on making money...
Unhappy at home, she stirs up trouble abroad, giving naive Jane Powell bad advice on how to handle boys, and stealing one of Jane's boyfriends right out from under her twitching nose...
Very pre-Lolita, a Forties style teenaged sex kitten, this is the first version of the Taylor minx and she seems highly sophisticated for a small-town high school girl, even if she is rich...
"A Date with Judy" is a pleasant musical, antiseptic and cheery, suggesting Hollywood's conception of high school Life in the Forties... Like "Cynthia," the film is very class conscious, contrasting Taylor's cold, upper class household with Jane Powell's comfortable middle-class home...
Typically, Liz is rich, spoiled, and reserved, but typically, too, when all is said and done, she's not bad-mannered or troublesome one; she's a good kid who just needs a little love and attention...
Taylor's character finally allowed her to use the sexiness that everyone had sensed since she rode that horse in "National Velvet."
on January 2, 1999
Jane Powell's singing voice is clear as a bell, and she represents the ideal sweet-16 girl of the late 1940s, all pink and pretty. Just as you discover how adorable and talented she is, Liz Taylor shows up as stunningly beautiful as Snow White, and we discover she can sing too. Jane's dad hires Carmen Miranda to teach him to rumba, and Jane thinks he's having an affair. But it's all to surprise his wife for their wedding anniversary. Robert Stack shows up as Prince Charming and both Liz and Jane vie for his attention. A Most Unusual Day, Love Is Where You Find It, Judeline and I'm On the Corny Side are the fun songs of the day, complete with great orchestration and harmony background. Xavier Cugat backs up Carmen Miranda in some boogy-woogy and swing. It's great fun.
on November 4, 2007
MGM's Technicolor A Date With Judy (1948), based on the the radio program of the same name, is a fun, colorful musical with a great cast including Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Robert Stack, Xavier Cugat, Wallace Beery, Scotty Beckett, Leon Ames and Selena Royale, featuring wonderful songs such as It's a Most Unusual Day and Cuanto la Gusta. No huge production numbers here, just a simple story played out enagagingly by its large talented cast.
This title will be released on 11.6.07 and available exclusively through Critic's Choice Video and DVD for $15.96. Their website is [...] I'm sure the Amazon Market Sellers will have copies for sale soon, also. Enjoy!
A Date with Judy is yet another entertaining MGM musical from the golden era of Hollywood! The plot moves along well and the acting is very convincing thanks to an excellent cast all directed so well by Richard Thorpe! The sets are detailed; the choreography is terrific and I really liked the cinematography. The musical numbers are also very well done and the background musical score is equally good.
When the action starts, we quickly meet the principle characters of the film: Judy Foster (Jane Powell), who is practicing to sing "It's a Most Unusual Day" for the high school dance. Judy's boyfriend Ogden "Oogie" Pringle (Scotty Beckett) is conducting the school orchestra; "Oogie" and Judy have been childhood sweethearts for some while already but of course things get complicated--"Oogie's" sister Carol (Elizabeth Taylor), a rather catty, conniving beauty, wants to drive a wedge between Judy and "Oogie" so she makes "Oogie" think he's being too easy to get for Judy--and this results in Judy going to the dance with a slightly older Stephen I. Andrews (Robert Stack), the nephew of the owner of the local soda fountain shop, 'Pop' Sam Scully (Lloyd Corrigan).
And things get more complicated still! While "Oogie" hates to see Judy with another guy at the dance, Carol sets her sights on Stephen--she wants him for herself! She goes about trying everything she can do to get Stephen away from Judy; and we see what happens as the picture moves along.
And there's another plot, a subplot in a sense--Judy's mother and father (Melvin and Dora Foster played by Wallace Beery and Selena Royle) are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary! Melvin can't dance the rhumba which Dora loves to do especially when Xavier Cugat himself shows up at the high school dance! Secretly, Melvin decides to take rhumba lessons from professional Latin dancer Rosita Conchellas (Carmen Miranda) and this leads Judy to strongly suspect that her father is cheating on her mother!
There's more to the plot than just this and I've already left some details out so you can watch and enjoy this film as much as I did. Suffice it to say that the rest of the film show how all of the issues play out.
Look also for solid performances by Leon Ames as Lucien Pringle; Clinton Sundberg as Jameson; George Cleveland as Gramps; Jerry Hunter as Randolph Foster; Jean McLaren as Mitzi Hoffman and Lillian Yarbo in an uncredited role as Nightingale. In addition, the DVD comes with the theatrical trailer and two short films entitled Musical Merry-Go-Round #3 with Ray Noble and Buddy Clark and Tom and Jerry's Professor Tom.
A Date with Judy is an excellent film especially for the fans of the actors in it; people who appreciate classic movie musicals in general will not be disappointed, either.